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College Series at Penn State University – Tour Preview

The IJGT will continue the Northeast Tour with the College Series at Penn State University held at Penn State’s Golf Course on October 18-19, 2014. This two-day event will include 18 holes to be played on Saturday and Sunday. Juniors will compete for IJGT merit points and national rankings.

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Situated deep in the rolling terrain of central Pennsylvania, Penn State’s Golf Course offers a world of exhilarating golf. The tree-lined drive, award winning driving-range, four practice putting greens, a bunker area and 32 artificial driving range stalls with ample targets on the range will drive you to partake the challenges of the game you love. Great course conditions and excellent amenities make the Penn State Golf Courses the place to be for a complete, professional golf experience.

PSU Fairway

Penn State Golf Course

Players to watch in the Boys 15-19 Division include Sean Stanistreet of Camillus, N.Y., who recently tied for third in The Upstate Challenge at Brook Lea Country Club.

In the Girls Division, be sure to watch for Alyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J., as she looks to improve on her 2013-2014 College Classic at Penn State University third- place finish.

To register or for more information about the College Series at Penn State University, click here.

Stein and Clair earn career-best finishes to be named among IJGT Player of the Week – May 10-11, 2014

HERSHEY, Pa. – The IJGT returned to Hershey Country Club to conduct the Hershey Classic. Presented by the International Junior Golf Academy, one of the most popular events each year, on May 10-11, 2014. A full field of highly competitive junior golfers from six different states caught the attention of a number of college coaches who came out to the tournament. While the first round included intermittent rain, including a 30 minute delay and eventual postponement of the round, golfers were welcomed with ideal conditions for the final round. Dylan Stein, of Flemington, NJ, and Alyssa Schiera, of West Windsor, NJ, stood out and earned Player of the Week honors.

steinStein, playing in his third tournament of the year, had another impressive showing. Facing less than ideal scoring conditions on Saturday, Stein managed to shoot an impressive 73. The Flemington, New Jersey native’s Saturday round included four birdies, two on the front nine and two on the back, including one on the tough par 3 8th hole.  On Sunday, Stein picked up right where he left off by carding a birdie on the par-5 first hole. His consistent play in round two led him to shoot a 78. His round one and round two scores forced a playoff with James Nicholas. During the playoff, Stein had many impressive shots, perhaps none more impressive than the up-and-down from off the green on the first playoff hole. Although it was not enough to secure the victory, it did secure his best finish of the year for him. We wish Stein the best and hope to see him soon.

 

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Schiera, an IJGT regular, having played six out of nine events this spring, had her best finish of the season. She started the weekend out nicely by parring her first hole and finished her front nine at 3-over-par 38. The highlight of her round was a birdie on the difficult par three, No. 16. She was the only girl to score under par on the hole and one of only five players to birdie the hole through the whole tournament. She finished round one with an 84 and in a six-way tie for fifth place. Schiera also played well throughout the final round, including another birdie on the par three, No. 2. She again finished with an 84, for an overall score of 168. Her third place finish is her best of the season and she improved on her previous best score of 2014 by four strokes. We wish Schiera the best of luck during her upcoming competitions at the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club this weekend and the Bridgestone Golf Tournament of Champions, May 24-26, at Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando.

 

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The IJGT traveled south to host The Orlando Junior at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club on May 10-11, 2014. The final event of the regular Southeast Tour schedule featured a field of 61 juniors ranging in age from 11-19 years old for the two-day, 36-hole event. The IJGT Players of the Week from the Southeast Tour are Cameron Clair of Bluffton, S.C., and Cake Phuchanbanchob of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

15111_10154171568985026_267358251173121412_nClair made his 14th appearance in an IJGT event this season with his IJGT career-best finish of third place in the Boys 15 & Up Division. After finishing his first round with a four-over par 76, Clair found himself three strokes off the lead. Clair started his final round ready to close the gap, making a birdie on his opening hole. He posted an even-par 72 for the final round, to finish with a 76-72–148. After his strong play at Falcon’s Fire, Clair will be one to watch at the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions.

 

 

 

 

10264779_10154171553715026_2741195399204324369_nPhuchanbanchob, the Girls Division second-place finisher, carded nine pars and three birdies to finish with an impressive first round score of 75. After starting the final round three strokes behind the lead with a one-under 35 on the front nine, Phuchanbanchob held strong with seven pars on the back nine, finishing with a 74 in the final round. She carded an overall score of 75-74—149, making her runner-up honors her fifth top-5 finish for the 2013-14 season. Phuchanbanchob will make her debut appearance in a  Bridgestone Tournament of Champions May 24-26, 2014, and look to excel with her momentum from this week’s notable performance.

The Hershey Classic presented by IJGA – Final results

Nicholas Performs in Playoff

Clark and Lees capture back to back victories 

HERSHEY, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) hosted the Hershey Classic on May 10-11, 2014 on the East Course at Hershey Country Club. Weather in round one included rain showers and a 30-minute delay, eventually forcing some golfers to be postponed until 8:00 a.m. the next morning. The weather for the final round made up for it however, with temperatures reaching into the high 70s. The field of 112 juniors came out to compete for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings, as well as an invite to the IJGT’s Bridgestone Tournament of Champions to be played at Grand Cypress Resort on May 24-26, 2014.

NICHOLASIn the Boys 15-19 Division, James Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y., won the division in a four-hole playoff. In the final round, on hole no. nine, Nicholas’ final hole, he sank a 20-foot putt to force a playoff with Dylan Stein of Flemington, N.J. The tension was high during the playoff as both players refused to go down without a fight. Stein got up-and-down for par on the first playoff hole, hole no. 10. Then, Nicholas got up-and-down on the next hole to save par. On hole 12, Nicholas sunk a lengthy par putt to tie Stein again. The battle came to an end on the 183 yard par-3, when Nicholas made a par. Nicholas’ performance in the four-hole playoff earned him his fourth IJGT Championship of the season. His numbers for the weekend were 76-75—151.

When asked about his 20-foot putt to head into a playoff, Nicholas described the shot by saying, “ Coming down the final stretch, I knew I had to make [a putt], I had a little downhill slider. I put a good pace on it and it just kind of trickled in.”

Stein finished in second place after the playoff with scores of 73-78—151. There was a tie for third place between William Voetsch of New Vernon, N.J., and Matthew Pulgini of Middletown, Del. Voetsch posted scores of 79-74—153 while Pulgini posted scores of 75-78—153. Voetsch’s score of 74 during the final round earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award. This award goes to the player that shoots the lowest score during the final round of the tournament. Also earning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award was Jake Reilly of Hershey, Pa., who posted scores of 82-74—156.

LeesIn the Girls Division, Kaitlyn Lees of Bryn Mawr, Pa., took home her second IJGT Championship this season by carding scores of 84-78–162.  Lees improved her score from round one to round two by a total of six strokes. In the final round, Lees made par on 10 different holes and added a birdie on the par-3 hole no. eight. Every time Lees made bogey in round two, she always answered back with a par. This marks her third top-10 finish this season, and her second IJGT Championship. Lees’ score of 78 won her the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

When asked what worked well for her during the final round, Lees said, “My short game was a lot better today, and I was able to make the short putts for par.”

Finishing in second place was Carley Hopton of Madison, N.J., who posted scores of 83-82—165. In third place was Alyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J., who finished with scores of 84-84—168.

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CLARKIn the Boys 14 & Under Division, Lukas Clark of Holland, Pa., won the division, posting scores of 78-77—155.  Clark’s victory earned him back-to-back wins at his last two IJGT events. He played consistently all weekend carding one birdie through 36-holes . He made par at 13 holes during his final round, including a streak of five in a row to close out his round. Throughout the two rounds, Clark totaled 24 pars through 36-holes. His numbers of 78-77—155 won the division by a total of five strokes.

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When asked about how the course played to his advantage, Clark commented, “Greens were rolling really nice. I was just getting close and tapping it in. I wasn’t really going for birdies, just pars and that worked out for me.”

Cole Gibson of Chevy Chase, Md., finished in second place posting scores of 83-77—160. In third place, was West Shaw of Alexandria, Va., who put up scores of 79-82—161.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Jersey Shootout on May 17-18, 2014. To sign up for this event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events.   Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19.  Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Dynamic Brands, Clazic Belts, Oakley, Sun Mountain, The First Tee, Golfweek, College Golf Camps, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

 

 

HERSHEY, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT Hershey Classic presented by the IJGA conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed May 11, 2014. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,748 yards, Par 71 (73.5/136) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,188 yards, Par 71 (70.2/131) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 5,901 yards, Par 71 (75.0/131)

 

Weather:          Saturday: Raining with temperatures in the low 70’s with 15-20 mph winds

Sunday: Sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s with 10-15 mph winds

 

International Junior Golf Tour

Hershey Classic presented by the IJGA

Hershey, Pa.

May 10-11, 2014

 

Boys 15- 19 Division (Blue tees) East Course: 6,748 yards, par 71

1. x-James Nicholas, Scarsdale, NY *76-75–151

2. Dylan Stein, Flemington, NJ *73-78–151

3. William Voetsch, New Vernon, NJ *79-74–153

3. Matthew Pulgini, Middletown, DE *75-78–153

5. Nick Geiman, York, PA *72-82–154

6. Andrew Reynolds, Pittsburgh, PA *79-76–155

6. Reid Bedell, Fair Haven, NJ *78-77–155

8. Jake Reilly, Hershey, PA *82-74–156

9. Jake Trotta, Harrison, NY *78-80–158

9. Benjamin Morgret, Venetia, PA *77-81–158

9. Luke Barnard, Ridgewood, NJ *82-76–158

9. Connor Schmidt, Venetia, PA *80-78–158

13. Chris Cerminaro, Carbondale, PA *81-78–159

13. Jake Niedosik, Lansdale, PA *78-81–159

13. Will Robinson, Pittsburgh, PA *81-78–159

16. Ben Lieberman, Potomac, MD *80-81–161

17. Mark Goetz, Irwin, PA *82-80–162

17. Austin Green, Fayetteville, PA *79-83–162

19. Benjamin Kotler, Penn Valley, PA *86-77–163

19. Colin Patrick, Newtown, CT *87-76–163

19. Brandon Raihl, Wernersville, PA *82-81–163

22. Richard Riva III, Lancaster, PA *80-84–164

23. Kevin May, Baltimore, MD *83-82–165

23. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA *85-80–165

25. Tommy Hayes, Long Valley, NJ *80-86–166

26. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA *89-78–167

26. Connor Daly, Bronxville, NY *86-81–167

26. Kyle Grube, Indiana, PA *86-81–167

26. Matt Friday, Pittsburgh, PA *88-79–167

26. Luke McKeogh, Warminster, PA *83-84–167

26. Wynn Geis, Lutherville, MD *82-85–167

32. Peter Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *85-83–168

32. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA *83-85–168

34. Anthony Cordaro, Pittsburgh, PA *82-87–169

34. John Abbott, Hummelstown, PA *88-81–169

36. Josh Huhn, Wexford, PA *86-84–170

36. Max Pollack, Pittsburgh, PA *84-86–170

36. Christopher Nolte, Arnold, MD *85-85–170

36. Jb Bradbeer, Rosemont, PA *84-86–170

40. Benjamin Morris, Reisterstown, MD *90-81–171

40. Adam Gray, Potomac, MD *85-86–171

40. Jairus Gaines, Baltimore, MD *83-88–171

40. Martin Jensen, Bronxville, NY *88-83–171

40. James Wolfangel, Flemington, NJ *84-87–171

45. David Rice, Pittsburgh, PA *83-89–172

46. Matt McCord, Titusville, PA *86-87–173

46. Michael Bushman, North Potomac, MD *84-89–173

46. Nate Yackovich, Gibsonia, PA *84-89–173

49. Troy Thierolf, Doylestown, PA *86-88–174

49. Matthew Marino, Malvern, PA *85-89–174

51. James Pelcher, Baldwinsville, NY *84-91–175

51. Thomas Dzwonczyk, North Abington Township, PA *87-88–175

53. Ryan Koenig, Cranberry Twp., PA *92-85–177

53. Peter Kissinger, Elizabethtown, PA *86-91–177

55. Steve DePasquale, Massapequa, NY *88-90–178

55. Richard Vanni, Philadelphia, PA *93-85–178

55. Trip Smith, Phoenix, MD *90-88–178

58. David Mrazik, Wexford, PA *90-89–179

58. Robert Shaner, Fort Lee, NJ *88-91–179

60. Max Siegfried, Villanova, PA *92-88–180

61. Hunter Duriez, Northern Cambria, PA *90-94–184

61. Isaac Wood, Hollidaysburg, PA *94-90–184

63. John Geppert, Mendham, NJ *92-99–191

64. Tyler Derr, Camp Hill, PA *92-101–193

65. Adam Miller, Silver Spring, MD *103-108–211

 

DID NOT FINISH

 

Kyle Detling, Sparks, MD *DQ(Rule 6-3a)

Caleb Bryant, New Freedom, PA *JWD

 

Boys 14 & Under Division (White tees) East Course: 6,188 yards, par 71

1. Lukas Clark, Holland, PA *78-77--155
2. Cole Gibson, Chevy Chase, MD *83-77--160
3. West Shaw, Alexandria, VA *79-82--161
4. Evan Brown, Chadds Ford, PA, *80-83--163
4. Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley, PA *79-84--163
6. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA *84-80--164
6. Mac Webster, Baltimore, MD *79-85--164
8. Matthew Davis, Newtown Square, PA *79-86--165
8. Jack ODonovan, Pittsford, NY *83-82--165
10. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY *86-81--167
10. Matthew Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *85-82--167
12. Jon Nolan Perry, Berwyn, PA *90-78--168
13. Joshua Pfaff, Harrisburg, PA *86-84--170
13. David Goldstein, Roslyn Heights, NY *84-86--170
15. Campbell Wolf, Enola, PA *89-83--172
16. Garrett Engle, Harrisburg, PA *86-88--174
17. Marc Groenhuysen, West Chester, PA *91-84--175
17. Luke Sample, New York, NY *87-88--175
19. Jude Cummings, Pittsford, NY *90-94--184
20. Jack Merrill, Old Greenwich, CT *98-102--200
21. Matthew Hird, Hunt Valley, MD *102-101--203

 

Girls Division (Gold tees) East Course: 5,901 yards, par 71

1. Kaitlyn Lees, Bryn Mawr, PA *84-78--162
2. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ *83-82--165
3. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ *84-84--168
4. Haley Carr, Waldorf, MD *84-85--169
5. Julianne Lee, York, PA *84-86--170
6. Marah Penn, Hamburg, NY *83-88--171
7. Kate Evanko, West Chester, PA *84-89--173
7. Jessie Kweon, Little Neck, NY *82-91--173
9. Samantha Fritzinger, Zionsville, PA *81-93--174
10. Anessa Amin, Easton, PA *87-88--175
10. Charlotte Simpson, Towson, MD *84-91--175
12. Madeline Sager, Kimberton, PA *89-87--176
12. Danielle Greene, East Setauket, NY *92-84--176
14. Synclaire Kuhn, McMurray, PA *87-90--177
15. Emily Gilbert, Gilbertsville, PA *91-87--178
16. Katie Walsh, Baldwinsville, NY *92-88--180
17. Rebecca Markunas, Glendale, NY *90-97--187
18. Sabrina Reilly, Hershey, PA *89-102--191
19. Katie Dzialga, Greenwich, CT *99-97--196
20. Maddie Noonan, Myerstown, PA *114-118--232

 

 

Wolfangel, Lees, and Sample make the Players to Watch list at the Hershey Classic presented by IJGA

The IJGT is set to return to Hershey Country Club on May 10-11, 2014 to host the #HersheyClassic presented by IJGA. This event will consist of two 18-hole rounds to be played on Saturday and Sunday on the East Course at Hershey CC. National Rankings and IJGT Merit Points will be at stake for this event.

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Opening in 1969, Hershey CC is rich in history. Designed by George Fazio, this course is located in the Pennsylvania countryside and features wonderful views, natural hazards, and rolling greens. The East Course was named a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International in 2010. It has also hosted several PGA tournaments, most recently the Nationwide Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic, an event on professional golf’s development tour. Other accolades include being mentioned America’s Top Golf Courses guide by Zagat Survey and named one of the “Top Courses You Can Play/Best Course Near You” for the State of Pennsylvania by Golf Magazine in 2007.

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In the Boys 15-19 Division, James WolfAngel tops the players to watch list at Hershey. WolfAngel’s best finish to date is a Top-3 finish at the Metropolitan Junior at Forsgate CC Jb Bradbeer of Rosemont, Pa., will be looking to earn his first IJGT Championship. Bradbeer has played in five events this season so far, his best finish was tied for second at the Major Championship at Hartefeld National. His numbers in that event were 77-75–152. James Nicholas will look add his third IJGT Championship this season at Hershey. It will be a very strong field of competitors and exciting to watch!

Watch out for Kaitlyn Lees of Bryn Mawr, Pa., in the Girls Division. Lees has finished in the top-10 in both of her events played this season. She is coming off of a first place finish in the  Major Championship at Hartefeld National. Synclaire Kuhn will be another competitor to watch. Kuhn is coming off of a second place finish at the College Prep at NemacolinIn the final round of the event at Nemacolin, Kuhn shot the low final round of 80 to head to a playoff where she eventually finished second. Madeline Sager of Kimberton, Pa. and Alyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J., round out the players to watch for this event.

In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Luke Sample of New York, N.Y., will be at Hershey competing for the top spot. In his five events played this season, Sample has finished within the top-5 at four of five events. His most recent was a fourth place finish at The Architects Cup where he posted scores of  78-76–154. Evan Brown of Chadds Ford, Pa., will also be competing for the top spot. Brown’s most recent finish was first place at the Major Championship at Hartefeld National.  Other players to watch include Garret Engle of Harrisburg, Pa., and Jack ODonavan of Pittsford, N.Y.

The Hershey Classic boosts one of the largest and most competitive fields of the year. We are looking forward to this event presented by the International Junior Golf Academy.

To register or for more information on the #HersheyClassic presented by IJGA at Hershey CC in May, click here.

Final results from the College Classic at Penn State University

Sollon captures three-man playoff

Hernandez repeats in Girls Division

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) Northeast Tour was in State College, Pa., on Oct. 19-20 for the College Classic at Penn State University. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was hosted by Penn State Golf Courses Blue Course, with players competing for national rankings and IJGT Merit Points. The field consisted of 71 players, ages 10-19, representing seven states and two countries.

Penn State’s Blue Course is home to the Pennsylvania State University’s Men’s and Women’s Division 1 Golf teams. Following renovations in 2007, the course became 640 yards longer and a par-72. The course was home to the Big Ten Championships in 2009. The course played 6,043 yards for the Girls Division, 6,239 yards for the Boys 14 & Under Division, and 6,793 yards for the Boys 15-19 Division. The tournament was played in rough weather during the first round, as wind and rain led temperatures to fall into the 40s. The final round was completed with sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Jake Sollon of Venetia, Pa., came away on top in a three-man playoff with Harry Jin of Palisades Park, N.J., and Nick Musshafen of Fairport, N.Y.

The top of the leaderboard was jammed after the first round, with Curren Mody of Monmouth Junction, N.J., being on top with a score of 1-over-par 73. Sollon, Jin, Musshafen, and Eamon Marone of Belvidere, N.J., were all just one stroke behind.

SollonThe leaderboard did not get any clearer during the final round. Mody fell off the pace, unable to repeat his performance from the prior day, but the others remained in the hunt, while Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., and Nick Rencis of Long Valley, N.J., entered serious contention.

Teeing off on the front nine, many of the players took the turn in red numbers, headlined by Bliss who shot a 2-under-par 34. The tournament came down to the 18th hole, with all six players having a great shot at victory.

Bliss made par to finish the tournament with a total score of 149 and waited as the rest of the groups completed the round. Musshafen entered No. 18 with a share of the lead with Jin, but he hit his tee shot into a hazard and was forced to take a drop. He bogeyed the hole to finish with a 148 and eliminate Bliss. Rencis had a shot at birdie to match Musshafen, but he could not connect. Sollon was able to make his par to tie with Musshafen. The clubhouse leaders awaited Jin and Marone, hoping for a playoff.

Unaware he was holding a one-shot lead; Jin went for the green in two and hit a tree. His wedge shot from the rough came up short of the green, and after a chip, he left himself a long putt for par and the victory. Jin could not connect and bogeyed the hole, to complete the 36 holes also at 148, ensuring at least a three-man playoff. Marone had an opportunity to join the three but he could not connect on his birdie putt, finishing one shot back.

With Jin, Musshafen, and Sollon all tied, they headed to the 18th hole, an uphill par-5, for a sudden-victory playoff.

All three found the fairway off the tee in the playoff. With wind in their face, the players were forced to layup. Sollon’s approach from 130 yards came to a rest 10 feet from the cup, giving him a good look for birdie. Jin’s shot came next and he landed on the front of the green, giving himself a long putt for birdie. Musshafen was the last to hit his shot into the green, and he had the best of the three. Musshafen’s wedge shot stopped six feet from the cup, and he appeared to have the upper hand.

As a crowd formed around the green, Jin lined up his 30-foot putt. His putt did not have enough speed, stopping two feet short of the cup, but giving him what seemed to be an easy par. Second to putt was Sollon. His downhill putt slid quickly to the left and missed the cup, but he tapped in for a par.

Seeing both Jin and Sollon miss, Musshafen knew he had a putt for the victory. Like Sollon, though, Musshafen under-read the green’s break, and his putt rolled two feet past the hole. Musshafen and Jin, putting from almost identical spots, needed to sink their putts to keep the playoff going.

Neither was able to convert which cemented Sollon’s victory.

“I planned on getting the ball on and two-putting [for par],” Sollon noted.

It worked out for him, winning in his first event in the Boys 15-19 Division. All three players in the playoffs finished with scores of 74-74-148 for the weekend.

Bliss was the recipient of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, as he shot an even-par, 72, highlighted by draining a 50 foot putt for eagle on the fifth hole.

In the Girls Division, Claire Hernandez of Palgrave, Canada, followed up her victory at Penn State last season with a repeat performance.

HernandezHernandez was on top of her game from the opening hole, which she birdied. Dealing with the wind and rain, she shot an impressive 38 on her opening nine, carding five pars along with her birdie. She had a rare rough stretch on holes Nos 2-4, putting up three consecutive bogeys. She responded with a birdie at the sixth hole and after one more bogey at No. 9, finished the day with a leading score of 77.

Alyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J., put together a strong first round, shooting a 78 to sit one stroke behind Hernandez. Schiera’s first round was highlighted by birdies on the par-5, fifth hole and the par-3 17th hole. Mary Bryan Owen of Baltimore, Md., shot an opening-round 80 to join Hernandez and Schiera in the last group during the final round.

It did not take Hernandez long to increase her lead. Over the first three holes, she picked up two strokes on Schiera and four strokes on Owen. Hernandez played her best golf of the tournament over the next six holes, carding five pars and a chip-in birdie on No. 17, to shoot a 1-over-par 37, on her opening nine, making the turn with a seven-stroke lead.

That was the slimmest her lead got the rest of the day. Hernandez finished with seven pars and two bogeys on her final nine, and finished the final round with a 3-over-par 75, winning the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for her efforts. Her final score of 77-75-152 was 11 shots clear of second place.

Hernandez said the conditions caused her to change her game around, saying, “It was tough. My irons usually are high so I had to focus on keeping the ball low.”

Megan McLean of Lebanon, N.J., and Schiera tied for second with total scores of 163.

The Boys 14 & Under Division had a familiar name atop the leaderboard. Joe Parrini of York, Pa., was victorious for the fourth time this season, fueled by a final-round comeback.

Parrini psuParrini struggled with the conditions during the first round and started with bogeys on four of the first five holes after teeing off on No. 10. Parrini scored an opening-nine 41. Two double-bogeys and a bogey on the first five holes on the front side looked like it may be disastrous, but he recovered by playing the next four holes at 1-under-par to finish the day at 41-40-81.

The star of the first round in the division was Will Klein of Bethesda, Md. Klein only bogeyed seven holes, while finishing with par on 10 others, and a birdie on No. 5 to shoot a low-round 78. He had matching nine-hole scores of 39. Leo Hernandez of Stewartsville, N.J., sat four strokes off Klein’s lead.

From the start, the final round was not to be for Klein. Again teeing off on the back nine, by hole No. 11, his lead was gone, as Parrini and Hernandez surged. Parrini started his round with four consecutive pars, while Hernandez had five straight, to put them in a tie for first. A birdie on the 18th hole gave Parrini a one-stroke lead over Hernandez entering their final nine holes. Klein finished the back nine with a 43, two strokes back.

Parrini’s lead was up to three strokes after the first two holes on the front side and remained that way until the final hole. Hernandez could not get anything going until a birdie on the final hole, by which time he was out of contention. Parrini completed his day with a bogey at No. 9, finishing the tournament with scores of 81-80-161, putting him two shots ahead of Klein and Alex Lawson of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Parrini had many notable shots during the round, but the most memorable was on hole No. 18.

“On 18, I had about 210 to the green and I hit a cut with my hybrid and reached the green,” said Parrini

He went on to birdie that hole.

The IJGT Northeast tour will be back at it the weekend of Oct. 26-27 at Hershey Links in Hummelstown, Pa. Hershey Links will be hosting their final IJGT Event, as the course is closing at the end of the season. To sign up for this Event, or others, visit IJGT.com or call (843) 785-2444.

 

About the IJGT

The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.  As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events.   Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19.  Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, and Harbour Town Golf Links.  Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, Golfweek morodZ, PURE Grips, and the International Junior Golf Academy.

 

To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit www.IJGT.com or call (800) 792-9143.

 

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Final-round results of the IJGT College Classic at Penn State conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour completed October 20, 2013. Boys 15-19 Division: Blue Tees – 6,793 yards, Par 72 (72.8/135) Boys 14 & Under Division: White Tees – 6,239 yards, Par 72 (70.1/127) Girls Division: Gold Tees – 6,043 yards, Par 72 (75.1/137).

 

Weather: Saturday: Rainy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 15-20 mph winds

Sunday: Cloudy with temperatures in the low 50’s with 15-20 mph winds

 

 

International Junior Golf Tour

College Classic at Penn State University

State College, Pa.

October 19-20, 2013

 

Penn State Golf Courses – Blue Course

 

Boys 15-19 Division – Blue Tees, 6,793 yards, Par 72

1. Jake Sollon, Venetia, PA, *74-74–148**

2. Nick Musshafen, Fairport, NY, *74-74–148

2. Harry Jin, Palisades Park, NJ, *74-74–148

4. Mike Bliss, Newtown, PA, *77-72–149

4. Nick Rencis, Long Valley, NJ, *75-74–149

4. Eamon Marone, Belvidere, NJ, *74-75–149

7. Eric Terminello, White Plains, NY, *75-76–151

8. Curren Mody, Monmouth Junction, NJ, *73-79–152

9. J.T. Barker, Bethlehem, PA, *80-73–153

10. Griffin Colvin, Media, PA, *78-76–154

11. Cody White, Sweetser, IN, *78-77–155

11. Garrett Bastardi, Boalsburg, PA, *75-80–155

13. David Ross, Lorton, VA, *78-78–156

13. Peter Skynner, Oakville, Canada, *79-77–156

13. Colin Dubnik, Rochester, NY, *76-80–156

13. Eddie Zhang, Murrysville, PA, *76-80–156

13. Jesse Kovacs, St James, NY, *75-81–156

18. Anthony DeNapoli, Catonsville, MD, *82-75–157

18. Sean Stanistreet, Camillus, NY, *76-81–157

20. Patrick McDonnell, Pittsburgh, PA, *80-78–158

20. Will Snyder, Clifton, VA, *81-77–158

22. Nick Stottlemyer, Port Tobacco, MD, *81-78–159

22. Bryan Morris, Beltsville, MD, *80-79–159

24. Jared Swick, Gaithersburg, MD, *82-78–160

24. Spencer Shepperly, New Vernon, NJ, *78-82–160

26. Paul Edgar, Kitchener, Canada, *86-75–161

27. Justin Ayanian, McLean, VA, *84-78–162

27. Davis Diethrich, Allison Park, PA, *80-82–162

27. Joshua Greenly, Ontario, NY, *78-84–162

30. Grant Brongo, Spencerport, NY, *82-81–163

30. David Sinisi, Harrisburg, PA, *85-78–163

30. Paul Terminello, White Plains, NY, *80-83–163

30. Edward Owen, Baltimore, MD, *78-85–163

34. Ethan Means, Landenberg, PA, *83-81–164

34. Andrew Hudencial, Markham, Canada, *85-79–164

36. Will Haller, Gaithersburg, MD, *83-82–165

37. Liam McGrath, Huntingdon Valley, PA, *82-84–166

38. Josh Huhn, Wexford, PA, *83-84–167

38. Victor Adamson, Silver Spring, MD, *85-82–167

40. Alex Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *87-81–168

40. Hunter Lee, Great Neck, NY, *82-86–168

42. Jamie Agnew, Fairfax, VA, *82-88–170

42. James Pelcher, Baldwinsville, NY, *88-82–170

42. Bobby Hapanowicz, Presto, PA, *85-85–170

45. Cristian Cerza, Greenwich, CT, *82-90–172

46. Thomas Kaczan, Clark, NJ, *91-82–173

47. Phillip Held, Lafayette Hill, PA, *89-85–174

47. Michael Duffy, Nazareth, PA, *86-88–174

49. Alex Hepburn, Corning, NY, *82-94–176

49. Connor Jaenke, Arnold, MD, *87-89–176

51. Will Dolin, Oakton, VA, *90-88–178

52. Will Lusk, Venetia, PA, *89-92–181

DID NOT FINISH

Andrew Neal, Chevy Chase, MD, *DQ (Rule 6-3a)

 

Boys 14 & Under Division – White Tees, 6,239 yards, Par 72

1. Joe Parrini, York, PA, *81-80–161

2. Alex Lawson, Pittsburgh, PA, *83-80–163

2. Will Klein, Bethesda, MD, *78-85–163

4. Dylan Plis, Camillus, NY, *83-83–166

4. Leo Hernandez, Stewartsville, NJ, *82-84–166

6. West Shaw, Alexandria, VA, *83-84–167

7. Chris Tanabe, Sewickley, PA, *84-84–168

8. Teddy Trosset, Cooperstown, NY, *88-81–169

9. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ, *87-92–179

 

Girls Division – Gold Tees, 6,043 yards, Par 72

1. Claire Hernandez, Palgrave, Canada, *77-75–152

2. Megan McLean, Lebanon, NJ, *82-81–163

2. Alyssa Schiera, West Windsor, NJ, *78-85–163

4. Allyson Wentworth, Stewartsville, NJ, *84-82–166

4. Yeji Shin, Norwood, NJ, *86-80–166

4. Raphaella Kang, Bayside, NY, *81-85–166

4. Mary Bryan Owen, Baltimore, MD, *80-86–166

8. Carley Hopton, Madison, NJ, *82-92–174

9. Anessa Amin, Easton, PA, *90-95–185

10. Annie Caputo, Manlius, NY, *100-95–195

 

**Won Playoff

IJGT College Classic at Penn State University

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) returns to Central Pennsylvania for the College Classic at Penn State University Oct. 19-20. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will be held at Penn State’s Blue Course in State College, Pa. Junior golfers ages 10-19 will be competing for national rankings as well as IJGT Merit Points.

Home to Penn State University’s Men’s and Women’s golf teams, the Blue Course has been vastly improved since it underwent renovations in 2007. During renovations, 640 yards were added to the Blue Course and it became a par-72. With five sets of tees, the course plays anywhere from 5,075 yards to 7,228 yards. The Blue Course hosted its first major amateur event in 2009 when the Big Ten Championships were played there.

PSU Fairway

A group of players who already have top-10 finishes this season headline the Boys 15-19 Division. Mike Bliss of Newtown, Pa., placed third at the Major Championship of Crystal Springs, while Anthony DeNapoli of Catonsville, Md., Will Haller of Gaithersburg, Md., and Bryan Morris of Beltsville, Md., each finished in the top-10 at the Baltimore Junior at Worthington Manor. Morris was fifth, DeNapoli sixth, and Haller placed in a tie for 10th.

In the Girls Division, Carley Hopton of Madison, N.J., will look to carry on the momentum of her victory at the Philly Open at Jeffersonville. Hopton came back from down three strokes on Sunday to force a playoff, which she eventually won in three holes. Mary Bryan Owen of Baltimore, Md., Alyssa Schiera of West Windsor, N.J., and Allyson Wentworth of Stewartsville, N.J., look to deny Hopton of her second victory of the season.

Alex Lawson of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ryan Pongrac Freehold, N.J., and Chris Tanabe of Sewickley, Pa., will be in search of their first victories of the 2013-14 IJGT season in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Lawson placed eighth at last season’s College Classic at Penn State, while Pognac is in his first season in the Boys 14 & Under after winning twice on the Discovery Tour last season, including at Penn State. Tanabe will be trying to improve off a fourth place finish at the Labor Day Classic at Hershey Country Club.